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Last night in
Montréal, Dr. Margaret Lock, a medical anthropologist from McGill
University, was awarded the 2001 Molson Prize in the social sciences and
This prize—given each year to an outstanding individual in the
human sciences—recognizes Lock’s groundbreaking research on
the cultural dimensions of medical practices, including hormone-replacement
therapy, organ transplantation and cloning.
Her research has made us re-think our perception of disease: what is
normal, abnormal and what can be considered natural aging. Her current
research focuses on these questions in relation to Alzheimer’s disease.
In awarding this prestigious prize to Lock, the jury praised her for
her “energy, enthusiasm, skill and dedication.” They noted
that she “continues to push the boundaries of how scholars and lay
people around the world approach major medical and ethical issues.”
A professor in the department of social studies of medicine and the department
of anthropology at McGill, Lock has been teaching at the university for
over 20 years.
Margaret Lock’s groundbreaking research has been supported
by numerous SSHRC grants.